En español | Supermarkets are increasingly offering alternative, “healthy” chips, made from beans or greens, that promise to satisfy our need for crunch while also giving us a hit of real nutrition. Some are worth trying, says Jaclyn London, head of nutrition and wellness at WW (formerly Weight Watchers), but only if they're made from whole ingredients and if one serving has less than 2 grams of saturated fat, less than 5 grams of sugar, and at least 2 grams each of protein and fiber. Here are some options.
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- 12 Tides Puffed Kelp Chips
Sea-salt-dusted seaweed is a sustainable, iron-rich snack.
- Real Food From the Ground Up Cauliflower Stalks
Made from cauliflower. Opt for the sea salt over the cheddar flavor if you're watching sodium.
- RW Garcia Sweet Beet Crackers
Made with beets, corn and various seeds, these crackers mimic the texture of tortilla chips.
If you like tortilla chips, try...
- Simply 7 Lentil Chips
Lentil flour is the first ingredient in these snacks.
- Every Body Eat Snack Thins
Some have pumpkin, sunflower, chia or hemp seeds.
- Beanfields Black Bean With Sea Salt Bean Chips
Made from beans and brown rice.
If you like potato chips, try...
- Bada Bean Bada Boom
Each single-serving bag has only 100 calories but 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
Made with egg whites, these pack 4 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein into each serving.
- Pulp Pantry Pulp Chips
Pressed celery and kale pulp are baked into an impressive 5 grams of fiber per serving.
If you like puffed cheese snacks, try...
This blend of legumes has 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per bag.
- Pipcorn Cheese Balls
They're made with heirloom corn, sunflower oil and organic cheddar cheese.
Made with chickpea flour, these puffs have 4 grams of protein per serving.